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  •  Low income Canadians report poorer health than (0+ / 0-)

    rich Canadians.

    -    Only 47% of Canadians in the lowest income bracket rate their health as very good or excellent, compared with 73% of Canadians in the highest income group.
     -   Low-income Canadians are more likely to die earlier and to suffer more illnesses than Canadians with higher incomes, regardless of age, sex, race and place of residence.
     -  At each rung up the income ladder, Canadians have less sickness, longer life expectancies and improved health.
    -   Studies suggest that the distribution of income in a given society may be a more important determinant of health than the total amount of income earned by society members. Large gaps in income distribution lead to increases in social problems and poorer health among the population as a whole.
    If health care is free and delivered to all Canadians regardless of economic situation, why are the poor sicker?
    Considerable research indicates that the degree of control people have over life circumstances, especially stressful situations, and their discretion to act are the key influences. Higher income and status generally results in more control and discretion. And the biological pathways for how this could happen are becoming better understood. A number of recent studies show that limited options and poor coping skills for dealing with stress increase vulnerability to a range of diseases through pathways that involve the immune and hormonal systems.
    By removing the financial burden of health care and by showing improvements in depression, Oregon is improving the lives of its "lottery winners" in important ways, even given the short timeframe of the study.
    •  Missing the point (1+ / 0-)
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      The point isn't that people with health care are healthier than people without it.
      The point is that people with health care can get treatment when they get sick.
      We Canadians get just as ill, just as often as Americans do -- and poorer Canadians get sicker because they can't eat as well or get dental care.
      But all Canadians can see a doctor or go to a hospital when we need to, we don't have to go broke trying to pay for health care, or try to self-manage health conditions and do without longer-term treatments.

      Do not go gentle into that good night. Blog, blog against the dying of the light. CathiefromCanada

      by CathiefromCanada on Thu May 02, 2013 at 11:03:57 PM PDT

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